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Habemus Papam!

Posted: March 14, 2013 in Uncategorized
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We are living in historic times with a Pope stepping down and the election of a Jesuit as the new Pope. While many people are seeing Pope Francis I’s nod to the poor with the selection of his name, my roommate (and his Jesuit novice friend) reminded me of another interesting part of St. Francis’ story– Francis’ call to repair Christ’s Church.

There’s no doubt there are parallels here in today’s Church. The Catholic Church has been rocked by scandals the last few decades and has left a lot of people feeling hurt.

“Statistics for the America Catholic Church are truly sobering. According to the Pew Research Center, one third of all adults raised Catholic no longer describe themselves as Catholics, and 10 percent of all Americans are former Catholics. What can we learn from thirty million former Catholics?

Most ex-Catholics leave the faith for two reasons: dissatisfaction with church leaders or the church’s hard line on sexual morality. A study from the Diocese of Trenton broke down this analysis further, asserting that many Catholic left due to the abuse scandal, uninspiring and distant priests, and the church’s stance on homosexuality and divorce.  ” from (http://catholicreview.org/blogs/fertile-soil/2012/05/07/thirty-million-former-catholics-what-can-we-learn).

 

I’m excited and optimistic that Pope Francis I is in a position for greater healing of the Church and world.